The watch list for the fifth and final Basketball Hall of Fame positional award — the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award, awarded to the nation’s top center — was announced Friday. And among the 20 names on the list were three Big Ten players: Indiana sophomore Thomas Bryant, Purdue junior Isaac Haas and Wisconsin redshirt sophomore Ethan Happ.
Here are the trio’s 2015-16 stats:
- Bryant: Averaged 11.9 points and 5.8 rebounds; named to Big Ten All-Freshman Team
- Haas: Averaged 9.8 points and 3.7 rebounds while splitting time with A.J. Hammons
- Happ: Averaged 12.4 points and 7.9 rebounds per game; named Big Ten Freshman of the Year; named to Big Ten All-Defensive Team
The award is in its third season of existence and will forever have a tie to the Big Ten — Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky won the inaugural award in 2015. Utah’s Jakob Poeltl won the award last season.
The other positional awards presented by the Hall are the Bob Cousy Award (nation’s top point guard), Jerry West Award (nation’s top shooting guard), Julius Erving Award (nation’s top small forward) and Karl Malone Award (nation’s top power forward).